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The Bastion

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As this is the most historic point in Nanaimo, and it is located right downtown and above the... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2018

Come and see what this is all about. Part of the history in Nanaimo, the town that looks over the... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Deb F
Nanaimo, Canada
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The Bastion is an enduring local icon in the third oldest city in British Columbia. Built in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson's Bay Company. Over the...more
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98 Front Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It may be small and probably never has shot it's canon's in war but it is a pretty cool place to check out. Understand what it may be like to have to protect the city from one tiny fort. Worth doing the tour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KurtSensei
Reviewed March 19, 2019

THe City of Nanaimo has done a great job restoring the Bastion and inthe sumer when it is open, make an effort to go and check it out. When you climb up inside you are climbing back in time, once to the top you'll get...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

Great landmark for Nanaimo. The Bastion has lots of history. If you are in area worth taking a look..

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

a very unique build and history. the Bastion is constructed without one nail It has a great history, centrally located and only takes 1/2 hour to view At noon they fire a canon

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Colleen B
Reviewed December 26, 2018

As this is the most historic point in Nanaimo, and it is located right downtown and above the marina with lots of parking, it is well worth the short visit to understand the history of Vancouver Island. This could have easily been demolished long ago,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed December 15, 2018

This outdated piece of technology. Has me thinking. What a wastd of wood. Every other country built there milotary with the latest technology. Sure some products had there Short Comings. But was quickly rectified.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bumble B
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Come and see what this is all about. Part of the history in Nanaimo, the town that looks over the water. Very interesting and unique, take a walk back in time, and fell the enviornment.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Deb F
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Halifax has its Citadel, Quebec City has its ramparts, Annapolis Royal has Fort Anne. Nanaimo has a short tower. Sorry, it just doesn't measure up. Pass.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lex D
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Last wooden bastion standing so see it! Strange that it is a stand alone but that is what also makes it special. Many businesses and things are named Bastion - - - easily recognizable landmark.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mike5466
Reviewed July 11, 2018

This three story structure is a great getaway for the historically minded. The staff is very helpful and the displays are well laid out. The noon gun firing is also very exciting!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark M
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